Men's/Unisex California State Coat of Arms Shirt

Men's/Unisex California State Coat of Arms Shirt

Regular price $25

I love this version of California's Coat of Arms from 1876 with its rich tones, golden highlights and historical symbolism.

The foreground figure represents the Greek goddess Athena, having sprung full-grown from the brain of her father Zeus. She represents the political birth of the State of California, which became a full state without ever going through the probation period of being a Territory. At her feet crouches a California Grizzly Bear (the state animal). Below are clusters of grapes, which, with the sheaf of wheat at right, are emblematic of the agricultural bounty of California.

At left, a miner is engaged at work, with a rocker and bowl at his side, illustrating the mineral riches of the state. Behind him is the San Francisco Bay, upon whose waters are seen ships, typical of commercial greatness, and the snow-clad peaks of the Sierra Nevada make up the background.

Above is the California state motto "Eureka," ("I have found it!" in Ancient Greek), famously attributed to the ancient Greek scholar and scientist Archimedes. He reportedly proclaimed "Eureka! Eureka!" after he had stepped into a bath and noticed that the water level rose, whereupon he suddenly understood that the volume of water displaced must be equal to the volume of the part of his body he had submerged. He then realized that the volume of irregular objects could be measured with precision, a thorny problem that no one before Archimedes had been able to figure out. He is said to have been so eager to share his discovery that he leapt out of his bathtub and ran through the streets of Syracuse naked. SO CALI.

Apart from the classical reference to discovery, "Eureka" also refers to the momentous discovery of gold near Sutter's Mill in 1848 that set off the Gold Rush..

This 100% fine jersey cotton t-shirt is the smoothest and softest t-shirt you'll ever wear. These classic-cut shirts are known for their premium quality and vintage feel, as well as ability to stand up to a washing machine (will maintain size and color after many washes). Size up for a looser fit.

• Choose from a variety of complementary background colors.
• Form-fitting, soft and comfortable.
• Double stitched for durability.
• 100% made in California, sweatshop free (natch!)
Men's/Unisex California State Coat of Arms Shirt
Men's/Unisex California State Coat of Arms Shirt
Men's/Unisex California State Coat of Arms Shirt
Men's/Unisex California State Coat of Arms Shirt
Men's/Unisex California State Coat of Arms Shirt